Let's call it, 'Comics: The Final Frontier.' For almost a decade (in some cases longer!) educators and librarians have been leading sessions on teaching with comics, and incorporating comics into library collections and programming. However, there are still issues with institutional support and buy-in at schools and libraries across North America. This lightning ‘how-to’ session will share best practices on how to connect with and leverage cons (local, indie, and national), publisher support, and educational partnerships to create professional development (PD) training opportunities for educators and librarians in meaningful ways that resonate with administration, students, parents -- and contributes to PD certification. We will share tips and lessons learned from a variety of Cons and festivals (including New York Comic Con, San Diego Comic Con, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland), and work with New York City educators on professional development sessions including events with the NYC Department of Education Social Studies division on using comics like March and Ms Marvel to Teach Civic Engagement. Session is intended for all – comics fans and comics neophytes! Focus is on professional development and ‘how-to’ connect with partners to cultivate new, exciting, and sustainable PD sessions for colleagues that invigorates our classrooms and libraries.